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2018 Viognier, El Dorado
"Baby Rattlesnake Vineyard"

2018 Viognier, El Dorado

Winemaking & Vineyard Details

Appellation
Fair Play
Harvest Date
September 2018
Aging
6mo. stainless steel tanks
Alcohol %
14.2
TA | pH
3.53
Residual Sugar
1.3 g/l
Tannin
6.0 g/l
Production
62 cases
PRICE
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$35.00
 
SKU: EVIO18
WE: 91 PTS
Impressions
Nose: Effusive perfumed aromas of peach, elderflower and jasmine with hints of fresh lime.
Mouth: Coating feel with tropical fruit & citrus on your palate.  Slight minerality on the finish with bright balanced crispness & a weighty viscosity.

 

Vineyard
Baby Rattlesnake Vineyard earned its unusual name after Robert Jones’ three-year-old son picked up a juvenile Northern Pacific rattler in the company of his parents. Before they could intervene, he had already returned it to earth without harm to either party.

Developed in 1991, the vineyard is known for being the fruit source of several El Dorado County wines garnering 90-point ratings. It currently boasts 16 acres of Rhone varieties that are augmented with tiny blocks of barbera and tempranillo.

The property is located in the Fair Play AVA, five miles south of Somerset and above the middle fork of the Cosumnes River where the growing season is marked by warm, dry conditions. Prompted by elevations reaching 2400 feet, the cool overnight temperatures help form favorable grape acidity that provides artistic counterpoint to the layered fruit in the finished wines.

Vines are planted in well-drained granitic sandy-loam soils (Holland Series) where their struggle for survival creates the desirable conditions for growing outstanding wine grapes. 

The mountain vineyard offers a favorable package of crystal-clear skies above the fog line, clones and rootstock chosen for the site, and year-round hand cultivation that helps create an age-worthy collection of well-balanced wines.

Metrics

Harvest Date
September 2018
Aging
6mo. stainless steel tanks
Alcohol %
14.2
TA | pH
3.53
Residual Sugar
1.3 g/l
Tannin
6.0 g/l
Production
62 cases
Production
The 2018 harvest was a dream for winegrowers, as the growing season was blessed with long periods of moderate temperatures and dry conditions. The outcome speaks for itself – 2018 brings excellent quality wines.

TASTING ROOM
8085 Perry Creek Road
Somerset, CA 95684

Friday – Sunday 11pm – 5pm
Book a Tasting 530.620.6200
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